155,000 people have already used the PayByPhone mobile parking app in Brighton & Hove
09 September 2015 – Brighton and Hove City Council today announced it is saving a quarter of a million pounds a year by introducing PayByPhone across the region. 155,000 people, both locals and visitors in Brighton & Hove, have now used PayByPhone, the mobile payments parking app, in the city – making it the 10th biggest user of the innovative mobile service worldwide.
Drivers in Brighton & Hove can register with PayByPhone, the global industry leader in parking payments, as a plan to remove almost half of the city’s parking cash machines is well underway.
By March next year, 600 out of the council’s 1,400 Pay & Display (P&D) machines will be removed from the area. So far, contractors have removed about a quarter of machines due to go. The city follows in the footsteps of a number of the UK's largest cities to offer seamless, stress-free mobile parking, taking part in this wider movement towards becoming more mobile.
Being an old, coastal town, many of the existing P&D machines have suffered weather damage and were costing the council an immense sum to replace. The quarter of a million pounds saving will be from the former cost of maintaining machines and emptying them of cash.
PayByPhone allows drivers to pay for their parking in the most stress-free way possible. Drivers simply use the location number on the relevant street signs as a reference point to pay for their parking via the PayByPhone iPhone or Android app, on the internet or in a nearby PayPoint store. Drivers no longer have to scramble to find the right amount of cash to park, with just a few quick taps of the app, it’s all done so they can get on with their day faster. A key benefit of PayByPhone is that it lets users top up the meter remotely when time is running low. On receipt of an alert on their phone, they can decide whether to return to their vehicle or top up quickly using the app or automated phone service in the aim to reduce the number of parking tickets issued.
Whilst there will be a significant reduction in machines to at least one per street, customers will still be offered the choice of paying in other ways. The council is reassuring people, without the latest smartphones, that they can still register for the PayByPhone service and use an older mobile – and there are other ways to pay without using coins including web, SMS and phone. Familiar payment methods will also still be in use including using cash in remaining machines, on-street credit card machines, using cards or cash in any of the 150 city shops displaying a PayPoint sign, as well as texting from older mobile phones.
For further information please visit https://paybyphone.co.uk/parking/. Once registered, drivers can use PayByPhone in cities all over the UK and worldwide.
Sarah Musselbrook/ Louise Watson
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PayByPhone is part of PayPoint plc, an international leader in payment technologies. PayPoint’s solutions transform payments for everyone from consumer and financial services companies to retailers, utilities, media, e-commerce, gaming and government clients. PayPoint delivers payments and services by taking the complexity of multi-channel payments and translating it into convenient, simple, value-added solutions covering online, mobile and retail channels. It handles approximately £22 billion from over 800 million transactions annually for more than 6,000 clients and merchants.
PayPoint’s Mobile and Online business handles over 142 million payments for parking, payments and consumer services. In countries such as the UK, Canada, USA, France, Switzerland and Australia, PayByPhone makes it easy for people to pay for parking by mobile, as well as providing electronic parking permits, personalized parking, automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) systems for car parks and penalty charge notices. PayByPhone is used by 10 million users across 300 cities.
PayPoint’s core online payments platform is linked to 16 major acquiring banks in the UK, Europe and North America, delivering secure credit and debit card payments for almost 4,800 online merchants. Its suite of products ranges from transaction gateway to a bureau service, in addition to value-added services, including advanced technology that mitigates the risk of fraud in card not present transactions.
ABOUT BRIGHTON & HOVE
Brighton & Hove City Council is a unitary authority providing all local services to a population of 270,000 residents plus around 10 million visitors a year, including transport.